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THE Department of Health (DOH) reported that new COVID-19 cases today remained at the 5k level with a 5,881 count, higher than yesterday’s 5,484 total, according to the latest DOH COVID-19 Case Bulletin issued today, July 9, 2021.

Also, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country reached 1,461,455, with 51,902 listed as active cases or patients who are undergoing treatment in government hospitals and temporary quarantine facilities.

The DOH also logged 3,003 new recoveries from the COVID-19 disease today, lower than the 3,925 recoveries recorded yesterday.

Currently, there are now 1,383,833 individuals listed as total recoveries.

A total of 70 cases were added to the list of COVID-19 deaths today, much lower than the 191 cases recorded yesterday. This brings to 25,720 the total number of COVID-19 fatalities.

Moreover, 28 cases previously tagged as recoveries have been validated to be active cases and 34 cases tagged earlier as recoveries were reclassified as deaths upon final validation.

There were ten duplicates removed from the total case count, of which seven were recoveries. In addition, one case was found to have tested negative and was removed from the total case count.

Meanwhile, positivity rate is at 11.0 percent from 50,572 people who were tested.

Majority, or 94.8 percent of the cases, are mild and asymptomatic.

All laboratories were operational on July 7, 2021 while five laboratories were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS). Based on data in the last 14 days, the 5 non-reporting laboratories contribute, on average, 2.2 percent of samples tested and 2.0 percent of positive individuals.

The DOH continues to remind the public to strictly observe the Minimum Public Health Standards to ensure the safe recovery of our country. The moment any symptoms of COVID-19 are experienced, coordinate immediately with the BHERTs (Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams) or with the One COVID Referral Center.

The agency reiterates that the safety of the country is everyone’s responsibility, and that by helping each other, the country will overcome this COVID-19 pandemic.

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